Our Team

Our Team

Holly Gallagher CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Founder and President, Horizon Financial

An independent financial advisor in Northern Michigan for over 25 years, Holly focuses on providing comprehensive retirement planning and ongoing wealth management. Her passion, expertise and commitment have allowed her to build meaningful long-term relationships with her clients and their families, as well as with their CPAs, attorneys and other advising professionals.  Because she is independent, her recommendations are truly objective and her loyalty is to her client, not to a product or firm.

Holly has partnered with hundreds of clients since 1992 to help make their financial goals realities. Her clients, in turn, have helped her build her business primarily through referrals. Because she is fee-based, Holly’s cost of doing business is transparent and her recommendations are truly honest. Her professional designations assure that she is held to the highest standards in handling her clients’ assets.

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Holly Gallagher is proud to have been recognized as a Business Experience advisor for 2018—a distinction based on annual production that places her among the top 47 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year Commonwealth Financial Services, the Registered Investment Adviser–Broker/Dealer that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Business Experience advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts and Commonwealth home office staff. Business Experience advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.

Holly, a Traverse City native, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and worked for two Fortune 500 companies before opening her own firm in 1999.  She has served clients in financial planning for more than 25 years.  She lives on a 100-acre farm with her husband, Doug, and their children, Madison and Douglas. 

Marlene Smith

Director of Client Services, Marketing and Instigator of Fun

Marlene comes to Horizon Financial with an extensive background in client service, sales and marketing.  Her consultative, personal approach makes her a great fit to anticipate clients’ needs and provide the highest level of service to foster long-term professional relationships.

A graduate of Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers) she lives with her husband on Old Mission Peninsula and enjoys almost any outdoor activity, reading, baking, crocheting and hanging out with her grandchildren.

Kelly Town

Director of Operations

Kelly’s strong attention to detail and ability to prioritize tasks efficiently make her a natural fit for the Horizon Financial team. She has first hand experience in fulfilling the needs of clients and small business owners through extensive involvement within her family's businesses.    Kelly serves as the head of office operations ensuring the daily operational needs of our practice are running smoothly.

Kelly is a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in business administration – finance. Raised in Traverse City, Kelly’s favorite activity is spending time with her husband and dog on the beautiful Northern Michigan lakes boating and waterskiing.